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May 23, 2015

'If that's not Jesus giving the "Yes" vote then I don't know what is!’

Ireland today (23 May) once more proved that marriage equality does not cause floods or earthquakes of biblical proportions.

Rainbows shone in the sky, hours after the No-campaign admitted defeat and congratulated the Yes-campaign on what looks to be a landslide victory, prompting one user to call it ‘gayest day’ Ireland ever

A popular tweet claiming a double rainbow was sitting in the Dublin sky turned out to be originally posted while people were going to the polls on Friday by user @karltims.

May 21, 2015

Lithuania in historic Eurovision first

Tonight at the Eurovision Song Contest Second Semi-Final in Vienna, the performers from Lithuania scored a Eurovision first with not one, but two same-sex couples sharing a kiss on stage.

Watched by millions of television across the world, singers Vaidas and Monika opened the show with their song called “This Time” supported by two male and two female backing singers and dancers.

May 20, 2015

'He certainly is a different kind of Republican, isn't he?'

David Letterman is certainly not shying away from political hot topics during his final days as host of CBS's The Late Show.

During his monologue on Tuesday (19 May), Letterman took presumed contender for the Republican nomination for president Jeb Bush to task for his opposition to same-sex marriage.

May 19, 2015

'If I liked her before, I like her now amazingly more'

Hillary Clinton Monday (18 May) visited the home of one of the first gay couples to marry in Iowa.

The Democratic presidential hopeful met more than 60 supporters at the Mason City house of Dean Genth and Gary Swenson, who got married on the first day the state legalized gay marriage in 2009.

Clinton has positioned herself as an LGBTI ally since she announced her presidential bid last month. Two gay couples appeared in her announcement video and days later she urged the Supreme Court to rule in favor of constitutional right for gay marriage.

May 19, 2015

The a capella comedy sequel is being attacked for being racist, homophobic and sexist. But is it?

Halfway during Pitch Perfect 2, the all-girl a capella group are cramped into a tiny tent at night in order to bond and 'find their sound'.

As the camera pans across the girls lying next to each other, we get a single line from each of them. Anna Kendrick's 'too cool for this' Beca goes 'This is the worst!' Rebel Wilson's Fat Amy makes a fat joke. The sex obsessed character says something about sex. The quiet Asian girl says something surreal. A new Guatemalan character says this is a luxury compared to when she was in Guatemala.

May 19, 2015

Wait, what?!

Gay and bisexual teens are about twice as likely to become or get someone pregnant than their straight peers, according to a new study reported in the American Journal of Public Health.

Previous studies found an increased risk of pregnancy among LGBTI youth but the statistics were old and mostly only for girls.

For the new study, researchers used data from nearly 10,000 New York City high school students from 2005, 2007 and 2009.

May 19, 2015

London Chanel, 21, is eighth trans woman of color to be killed in US this year

A 21-year-old black transgender woman was stabbed to death early Monday (18 May) in Philadelphia.

London Chanel was stabbed twice in the back and once in the neck in an abandoned house at around 12.40am.

She is the eighth trans woman of color to be killed this year in the US.

May 18, 2015

Sam Ciccone, who co-founded New York’s Gay Officers Action League in 1982, died 10 May in his home aged 71

Sam Ciccone, the co-founder of the oldest LGBTI police association in the United States, has passed away in his home aged 71.

Ciccone died on 10 May with the cause of death determined to be heart disease.

Ciccone became a police officer in New Jersey in 1964 aged just 20 and rose to become a detective sergeant over the next 15 years, keeping his sexuality a secret at work.

May 17, 2015

Her parents are 'devastated' over the loss of their daughter

A man has been charged with the killing of a trans woman that was believed to be a US model and escort working in London.

Joaquin Gomez-Hernandez, 23, will appear at Bromley Magistrates' Court today (17 May).

Vanessa Santillan, a 33-year-old originally from Miami, Florida, was found strangled and beaten on 28 March.

It was reported that she had come to London from Mexico. Her parents are said to have been left 'devastated' by the loss of their daughter.

May 17, 2015

Conchita, Dana and all the LGBTI Eurovision heroes

As Austria welcomes everyone to Vienna to celebrate 60 years of the Eurovision Song Contest, we take a look back at some of the LGBT stars who have made Eurovision what it is today.

1 CONCHITA WURST

Undoubtedly the biggest success of recent times was the 2014 winner Conchita Wurst of Austria.

Against a backdrop of vicious verbal attacks from several East European countries, Conchita stormed to victory in Copenhagen receiving maximum points from 13 countries and even points from voters in Russia, Albania and Azerbaijan.

May 16, 2015

#IDAHOT

Londoners, Ugandans and Gambians came together this week to protest against Yayha Jammeh who has threatened to slit the throats of gay people.

As the world marks International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia and Transphobia tomorrow (17 May), activists have made clear how horrific it is to be LGBTI in certain countries.

May 15, 2015

‘Chubbing’ by Democratic politicians – engaging in prolonged debate around other bills – meant the legislation could not be approved before its midnight deadline

In a move welcomed by LGBT advocates, proposed  legislation targeted at preventing same-sex marriage in Texas has failed to be approved by the Texas House of Representatives.

Earlier this year, a record 20 pieces of anti-LGBT legislation were proposed for the Texas legislative session. Most of these were quickly abandoned or failed to receive sufficient support.

May 15, 2015

Two youths were arrested for the same thing earlier this week

Four more men have been arrested in Taiwan for having oral sex on a train, days after two youths were arrested for the same thing.

The latest arrests come after a 29-second clip was posted online showing two of the men openly having oral sex in a train carriage during the day.

Taiwan Railway Administration reported the incident to police and said they may sue the men for yet unassessed amount.

Police were able to pinpoint the location of the train by an announcement that can be hear in the video and the scenery outside the windows.

May 15, 2015

LGBTI-friendly airline reveals price reductions to New York, LA, Seattle and more

Delta Air Lines has revealed it is offering discounted travel to six prides across America this summer.

The special First Class fare sale applies to flights from select US cities to Salt Lake City, Detroit, LA, New York, Seattle and Minneapolis, up to days prior and two days after the event weekends.

May 15, 2015

The country's second largest city after Lisbon proves the perfect base for exploring this wine-drenched region. Honey and orange peel-flavoured Port, anyone?

'Would you like to go to Porto for a weekend?' This is a question I've been waiting to hear for years.

Having travelled around Portugal several times, I had never visited the north. The sunny south of the country had always been my first choice but there was something in Porto which was calling me, like the chant of a mermaid.
    

May 14, 2015

The Latvian capital will be playing host to the country's first Pride event in three years and the first Europride to take place in a former Soviet state

It’s not often that you get the chance to be part of history, but that’s exactly what you will be doing if book a trip to Riga, the capital city of Latvia, for the third week in June.

Between 15-21 June, the city will be playing host to this year’s Europride festival, with a Pride parade and park festival taking place Saturday 20 June.

May 13, 2015

HIV expert Lucy Maroncha says the laws in Kenya are only leading to an increase of HIV cases

In Kenya, stigma and discrimination against sexual minorities, particularly men who have sex with men and transgender people, is putting them at increased risk of HIV.

May 13, 2015

Heading to the capital of Latvia? Add these things to your ‘to-do’ list…

Never made a trip to the Baltics? Latvian capital Riga will be the host for this year’s Europride festival in summer (15-22 June 2015) – which is reason enough alone to think about paying the city a visit.

Whether you venture there for that or at another time of year, here are 14 things to see, sample or experience…

May 12, 2015

Final nail in coffin for study which claims being raised by same-sex parents harms children

Research used to 'prove' that same-sex parenting is bad for children has been debunked once and for all - thanks to its extremely unusual participants.

An eight-times married man claiming to be 7'8" tall and weighing an impossible 88 pounds, and a respondent who claimed to have been arrested at the age of one were among the suspect participants in the original 2012 study, published by University of Texas sociologist Mark Regenerus.

May 11, 2015

School told her to 'toughen up'

A 12-year-old girl bullied for being bisexual has committed suicide.

Alyssa Morgan from Des Moines, Iowa hung herself in her family's garage on 3 April.

'I am the one who found my daughter and the image haunts me every day,' her mother Nicole Morgan told KCCI-TV.

In the three weeks leading up to her death, Alyssa had been out of school due to bullying, which exacerbated after she came out as bisexual.

May 11, 2015

US ranks worst in sports homophobia

Only 1% of people feel gays are 'completely accepted' on sports fields, according to the first international and largest survey of homophobia in sports.

Nearly 9,500 people were interviewed for the survey, released Sunday (10 May), which was initiated by the Sydney organizing committee of the Bingham Cup, the gay rugby world cup.

One in four gay male respondents said they had received verbal threats of harm or been bullied while playing sports, and about 80% of people said they had witnessed such discrimination.

May 7, 2015

She has been given just weeks to live

A crowdfunding campaign has granted a terminally ill lesbian's dying wish to get married.

Lee Bransden is battling lung disease, heart disease and arthritis and has been given just weeks to live.

Bransden lives with her partner, Sandra Yates, in Tasmania, Australia but cannot afford a trip to New Zealand, where gay marriage is legal.

The couple, who both worked as registered nurses, lost their life savings when a builder they employed went bankrupt and they recently sold their camper van to pre-pay for Lee's funeral.

May 7, 2015

One nurse allegedly told her 'Sorry, we’re not equipped to deal with LGBTQ people here.'

A Canadian trans woman has talked about repeatedly experiencing transphobia from health professionals.

Jessica Dempsey, from Halifax, told CBC of several instances where she faced transphobic discrimination in the hospital system throughout Halifax – including threats from a doctor at a mental health unit.

Between November 2014 and January 2015 Dempsey attempted to take her own life on several occasions; she told CBC these suicide attempts were a consequence of the abuse she had received since her transition in 2012.

May 6, 2015

Alan Joyce, the openly gay CEO of Qantas, was among those to speak out at a business conference about his company’s support for gay marriage

The openly gay CEO of Qantas – one of Australia’s best known companies – has again reiterated his organization’s stance in support of same-sex marriage.

Alan Joyce [pictured] was talking yesterday at a business leaders function in Sydney organized by the Australian Marriage Equality campaign, reports Samesame.com